Ice hockey at the 1992 Winter Olympics

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1992 Winter Olympics
Ice Hockey
Ice hockey pictogram.svg
Tournament details
Host country  France
Dates 8–23 February
Teams 12
Venue(s) Méribel Ice Palace
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Unified Team (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Canada
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 46
Goals scored 316 (6.87 per match)
Scoring leader(s) Canada Joe Juneau 15 points

The men's ice hockey tournament at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, was the 16th Olympic Championship. The games were played at the Méribel Ice Palace in Méribel, about 45 km from host city Albertville. The competition, held from 8 to 23 February, was won by the Unified Team in its only appearance. The team was composed of some newly emerged nations from the former Soviet Union, which had dissolved just weeks before the Games began. Canada won the silver medal, its first hockey medal since 1968 and 11th Olympic ice hockey medal.

Medalists[edit]

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
 Unified Team (EUN)

Sergei Bautin
Igor Boldin
Nikolai Borschevsky
Vyacheslav Butsayev
Vyacheslav Bykov
Evgeni Davydov
Alexei Zhitnik
Darius Kasparaitis
Nikolai Khabibulin
Yuri Khmylev
Andrei Khomutov
Andrei Kovalenko
Alexei Kovalev
Igor Kravchuk
Vladimir Malakhov
Dmitri Mironov
Sergei Petrenko
Vitali Prokhorov
Mikhail Shtalenkov
Andrei Trefilov
Dmitri Yushkevich
Alexei Zhamnov
Sergei Zubov

 Canada (CAN)

Dave Archibald
Todd Brost
Sean Burke
Kevin Dahl
Curt Giles
David Hannan
Gordon Hynes
Fabian Joseph
Joe Juneau
Trevor Kidd
Patrick Lebeau
Chris Lindberg
Eric Lindros
Kent Manderville
Adrien Plavsic
Dan Ratushny
Sam Saint-Laurent
Brad Schlegel
Wallace Schreiber
Randy Smith
David Tippett
Brian Tutt
Jason Woolley

 Czechoslovakia (TCH)

Patrik Augusta
Petr Bříza
Jaromír Dragan
Leo Gudas
Miloslav Hořava
Petr Hrbek
Otakar Janecký
Tomáš Jelínek
Drahomír Kadlec
Kamil Kašťák
Robert Lang
Igor Liba
Ladislav Lubina
František Procházka
Petr Rosol
Bedřich Ščerban
Jiří Šlégr
Richard Šmehlík
Róbert Švehla
Oldřich Svoboda
Radek Ťoupal
Peter Veselovský
Richard Žemlička

Qualification[edit]

The Olympic tournament was to be contested by twelve nations. The top eleven nations from the 1991 World Championships (eight from pool A, top three from pool B) qualified directly, while the twelfth ranked nation had to play off against the winner of that year's pool C.[1]

  • April 14, 1991, Denmark
 Denmark 4:6  Poland
  • April 16, 1991, Poland
 Poland 9:5  Denmark

Poland qualified in final tournament

First round[edit]

Twelve participating teams were placed in two groups. After playing a round-robin, the top four teams in each group advanced to the Medal Round while the last two teams competed in the Consolation Round for the 9th to 12th places.

     Team advanced to the Final Round
     Team sent to compete in the Consolation Round

Group A[edit]

Team  USA  SWE  FIN  GER  ITA  POL
 USA   3-3 4–1 2–0 6–3 3–0
 SWE 3-3   2–2 3–1 7-3 7-2
 FIN 1-4 2–2   5-1 5–3 9-1
 GER 0-2 1–3 1–5   5–2 4–0
 ITA 3–6 3–7 3–5 2–5   7–1
 POL 0–3 2–7 1–9 0–4 1–7  


Team GP W L T GF GA DIF PTS
 United States 5 4 0 1 18 7 11 9
 Sweden 5 3 0 2 22 11 11 8
 Finland 5 3 1 1 22 11 11 7
 Germany 5 2 3 0 11 12 -1 4
 Italy 5 1 4 0 18 24 -6 2
 Poland 5 0 5 0 4 30 -26 0
  • February 9
 Sweden 7:2  Poland
 Finland 5:1  Germany
 United States 6:3  Italy
  • February 11
 Finland 9:1  Poland
 United States 2:0  Germany
 Sweden 7:3  Italy
  • February 13
 Italy 7:1  Poland
 United States 4:1  Finland
 Sweden 3:1  Germany
  • February 15
 Germany 5:2  Italy
 Finland 2:2  Sweden
 United States 3:0  Poland
  • February 17
 Germany 4:0  Poland
 Finland 5:3  Italy
 United States 3:3  Sweden

Group B[edit]

Top four teams (shaded ones) advanced to the medal round.

Team  CAN  Unified Team  TCH  FRA   SUI  NOR
 CAN   4-5 5–1 3–2 6–1 10–0
 Unified Team 5-4   3–4 8–0 8-1 8-1
 TCH 1-5 4–3   6-4 4–2 10-1
 FRA 2-3 0–8 4–6   4–3 4–2
  SUI 1–6 1–8 2–4 3–4   6–3
 NOR 0–10 1–8 1–10 2–4 3–6  


Team GP W L T GF GA DIF PTS
 Canada 5 4 1 0 28 9 19 8
 Unified Team 5 4 1 0 32 10 22 8
 Czechoslovakia 5 4 1 0 25 15 10 8
 France 5 2 3 0 14 22 -8 4
 Switzerland 5 1 4 0 13 25 -12 2
 Norway 5 0 5 0 7 38 -31 0
  • February 8
 France 2:3  Canada
 Czechoslovakia 10:1  Norway
 Unified Team 8:1  Switzerland
  • February 10
 France 4:6  Czechoslovakia
 Unified Team 8:1  Norway
 Canada 6:1  Switzerland
  • February 12
 Czechoslovakia 4:3  Unified Team
 Canada 10:0  Norway
 France 4:3  Switzerland
  • February 14
 France 0:8  Unified Team
 Switzerland 6:3  Norway
 Canada 5:1  Czechoslovakia
  • February 16
 France 4:2  Norway
 Czechoslovakia 4:2  Switzerland
 Unified Team 5:4  Canada

Consolation Round 9th-12th Places[edit]

  • February 18
 Norway 5:3  Italy
 Switzerland 7:2  Poland

11th Place Match[edit]

  • February 20
 Poland 4:1  Italy

9th Place Match[edit]

  • February 20
 Norway 5:2  Switzerland

Consolation Round 5th-8th Places[edit]

  • February 20
 France 4:5  Germany
 Sweden 3:2  Finland

7th Place Match[edit]

  • February 22
 France 1:4  Finland

5th Place Match[edit]

  • February 22
 Sweden 4:3  Germany

Final round[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

February 18  Canada 4:3 (SO)
(1-2, 1-0, 1-1)
 Germany
February 18  Czechoslovakia 3:1
(1-1, 0-0, 2-0)
 Sweden
February 19  France 1:4
(1-0, 0-3, 0-1)
 United States
February 19  Unified Team 6:1
(2-1, 2-0, 2-0)
 Finland

Semi-finals[edit]

February 21  Unified Team 5:2
(2-1, 0-1, 3-0)
 United States
February 21  Canada 4:2
(2-1, 0-1, 2-0)
 Czechoslovakia

Bronze Medal Game[edit]

February 22  Czechoslovakia 6:1
(2-0, 1-0, 3-1)
 United States

Gold Medal Game[edit]

February 23
14:15
 Unified Team 3:1
(0-0, 0-0, 3-1)
 Canada Méribel Ice Palace
Attendance: 6,100

Leading scorers[edit]

Rk Name GP G A Pts
1 Canada Joe Juneau 8 6 9 15
2 Olympic flag.svg Andrei Khomutov 8 7 7 14
3 Czechoslovakia Robert Lang 8 5 8 13
4 Finland Teemu Selänne 8 7 4 11
5 Canada Eric Lindros 8 5 6 11
Finland Hannu Järvenpää 8 5 6 11
7 Olympic flag.svg Vyacheslav Bykov 8 4 7 11
8 Olympic flag.svg Yuri Khmylev 8 4 6 10
Finland Mika Nieminen 8 4 6 10
10 Olympic flag.svg Nikolai Borschevskiy 8 7 2 9

Final Rankings[edit]

  1.  Unified Team
  2.  Canada
  3.  Czechoslovakia
  4.  United States
  5.  Sweden
  6.  Germany
  7.  Finland
  8.  France
  9.  Norway
  10.  Switzerland
  11.  Poland
  12.  Italy

Unified Medal controversy[edit]

Russian goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was the third on the depth chart and never played when the Unified Team won gold in Albertville, France. Instead of giving the gold to someone who did not play, coach Viktor Tikhonov kept it. Only players are given Olympic medals; coaches and management are not. The medal was finally returned to him in a private medal ceremony during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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